Category: Health and Medicine

Tom Brokaw Using Medical Cannabis To Help With Pain During Cancer Treatment

A Bit of swearing helps too ! “On the way to the coffee shop there was this enormous bus stop, with a big, big portrait of Tom Brady, looking moodily down the street in his Ugg boots,” Brokaw recalled. “And I would walk by him, look at him and drop the ‘F word’ on him, just because it would give me a kind of a lift to keep on going.”

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Reefer Madness Is Back This Week ..

We’ve lost count how many times this story has been run this week. Here’s the Economist version of it hoping that it will be slightly more balanced than the rest and the actual report which, really, is the only thing you should be reading and then making your own mind up.

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Male Cannabis Smokers Have Higher Sperm Counts

The result came as a big surprise to scientists measuring the sperm counts of more than 600 men from couples attending a fertility clinic. They expected cannabis to have a detrimental effect on sperm count and fertility. Instead, those participants who admitted ever taking the drug turned out to have higher sperm counts than non-users.

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Canada Plans Major Cancer Cannabis Study

The trial will span 48 days and involve 150 patients from Vancouver, Abbotsford, Prince George, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Kingston, and Toronto. The trial seeks to prove whether cannabis helps cancer symptoms such as pain, sleep loss, anxiety and nausea.

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New York Investigative Reporter Turned Author Writes Book On Link Between Cannabis & Schizophrenia,

In his new book, “Tell Your Children,” Berenson argues the case, citing research from the National Academy of Medicine. On page 289 of the NAM’s 2017 report, “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” the nonprofit group concluded there is a risk. “Cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychoses; the higher the use, the greater the risk,” wrote the NAM, which advises the U.S. government on health issues.

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CBD Could Make Glaucoma Worse Says Study

New evidence has emerged showing that parts of the cannabis plant, specifically cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating, trendy component, may actually worsen glaucoma symptoms. Researchers at Indiana University published a study in the latest journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science that shows CBD increases pressure in the eye. Writes Mike Adams for Forbes.

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